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Stare At The Strange Nordic Reaches From The Third Floor Of Park Avenue

06.14.12 David Lumb

Up north (y’know, Canada north), the longitude enables a climate that keeps humans out and corpses pristine. Far across the pond, three recipients of grants from the American-Scandinavian Foundation have transformed their photographs into fantastical portraits of the Nordic landscape in culture center Scandinavia House’s current exhibition, “Unnatural Formations.” Stephen Hilyard, Simen Johan, and Lydia Anne McCarthy used “various techniques of photo manipulation”, but the photos are starkly real, vividly brutal, and achingly quiet. The same will surely not be said of the center’s Nordic Midsummer Celebration & Happy Hour on June 20, which will feature The Swede Beat, extended hours to stare hauntingly at Nordic landscapes, and things to eat and drink named pølser and saft. “Unnatural Formations” has been extended to July 28 and can be viewed from 12 noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, for zero dollars.

(Photos: copyright Simen Johan, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York. Untitled #159 (caribou), 2010. From the series Until the Kingdom Comes; copyright Simen Johan, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York. Untitled #133 (moose), 2005. From the series Until the Kingdom Comes; copyright Stephen Hilyard, Dougal, Leysin, 1977. Light jet print, 2009; copyright Stephen Hilyard. Mick, Everest, SW Face 1975, 2009.)